Can’t get enough of that edgy look that Rihanna and Zoe Kravitz once rocked with a ring between their nostrils? We feel you too. Septum piercings have become the talk of the town for a long time now and it doesn’t look like the trend is going to go away anytime soon.
Gone are the days when wearing septum rings was the signature look of punk rock and grunge looks. Now almost everybody wants to be a bit experimental with their looks by getting a septum piercing.
If you have started noticing this trend lately or are just interested in it for any reason, we have stepped up to give you everything there is to know about this not-so-new trend on the block. Read on to know the pain levels, healing time, and much more of septum piercings.
What exactly is a Septum Piercing?
Contrary to popular belief, and practice (yes!), the septum piercing isn’t done on the hard tissue that is present between your nostrils’ base. Instead, it is done on a very thin skin located above that tissue below the septal cartilage.
So, relax, the correct way of piercing is even less painful because the needle wouldn’t go through any hard tissues. But, the key is to approach a legitimate piercer who knows his/her job well.
The Pain Levels:
Within a piercing, the needle (or gun) goes through your skin, so it is going to hurt. But, the good news is, it hurts pretty much the same as a regular nose piercing and no hard tissues are pierced so the pain is not agonizing.
The Healing Period and Process:
The healing period of a septum piercing is between six to eight weeks. You are not supposed to change your jewelry during this period as it may irritate the pierced area and can cause bleeding, infection, or permanent scarring.
If you take the plunge to get a piercing done, you need to religiously follow the precautions and aftercare measures. Otherwise, your desire to look edgy may backfire upon you.
The aftercare of a septum piercing is simpler than any other cartilage piercing. You need to clean the pierced area daily with a saline spray or sea salt solution to keep any infections at bay. Do not touch the area unnecessarily, and if you do need to touch it, make sure that your hands are clean or else you may transfer any bacteria onto the piercing. If you have been advised to wash your piercing with soap as well, make sure that the soap is not scented or drying and it shouldn’t contain any triclosan either.
Closure of the Piercing:
If you have had enough of the piercing and do not want it any longer, that’s okay. The piercing gets closed once you remove the jewelry. But, it doesn’t close itself off right away. The time that it takes for the piercing to close is subjective, but it may take from two weeks to a month. The time it takes for the piercing to close depends upon how long you have had the piercing.
The older the piercing (with the jewelry in), the longer it will take to fully close. There is a chance that septum piercings may never fully close but the area of the piercing is such that it is unlikely that anyone will ever be able to detect it.
You need to be patient with both, getting the piercing done and getting rid of it.
What’s Better: A Gun or a Needle:
Now, comes the question: Should I get the piercing done with a gun or a needle?
The piercing gun takes an earring and forces it through your membrane, which sometimes damages the tissue. The gun can’t be sterilized and doesn’t leave space for swelling. Whereas piercing needles are much safer. They are laser cut, extremely sharp, and very precise.
There is a very little chance of going wrong with precision when getting a piercing done through a needle. Also, the needles can be sterilized, so less chance of any infection or bacteria transmission.
So it’s a no-brainer that you should go for the piercer who uses a piercing needle rather than the one who resorts for a gun.
The Jewelry VS Septum Piercing:
The material of the jewelry matters a lot in a septum piercing. Many people wear jewelry made out of surgical steel. While the reality is, you shouldn’t wear surgical steel jewelry in piercings for long periods.
You should pick up the jewelry made of implant-grade stainless steel, white gold, titanium, or genuine gold. Avoid using brass, copper, and silver jewelry.
As for the bigger jewelry pieces, you need to wait until the piercing is completely healed. Use a 16-gauge ring for the initial period and switch to other pieces once the piercing is healed.
Stretching the Piercing:
If you want your piercing hole to be bigger than it is, you need to wait for at least four months. After that, you are good to go. For that, you need to massage the piercing with jojoba oil (make sure your hands are clean, piercing is washed and the jewelry is disinfected).
Insert an insertion pin which is a gauge up from your current gauge, line it with the largest end of the insertion pin, and push the pin out through the jewelry which will essentially replace it. Go for one gauge at a time and wait for two months before moving up the gauge size.
Piercing a part of your body is a sensitive process and you don’t want to mess it up by being impatient.
The Smell in the Piercing:
Your piercing is likely to smell for some time. That is because the dead skin may build up in the piercing or it is just your body trying to heal itself (in which case, the smell is a good thing). The problem comes when the smell is also combined with yellow pus, bleeding, or pain.
Even then you should take a couple of precautions to reduce the smell (and pain). Wash the piercing regularly, clean it using saline water, and replace the jewelry with wood or glass jewelry for the due time.
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